FSCJ Initiative and Activities

FSCJ is committed to reduce the cost of course materials for students through Open Educational Resources where possible. This initiative started with an Achieving the Dream grant to create and offer an entire A.A. degree program pathway using high-quality open educational resources (OER). The overall goal is to help remove financial roadblocks that can derail students’ progress and spur improvements that will increase the likelihood of college completion. 

Using digital and interactive OERs such as open courseware allows faculty to continue to teach students in engaging and dynamic ways and invite students to become more actively involved in their own learning.

The annual costs of textbooks are about $1,300 per year for a full-time community college student—roughly a third of the cost of an associate degree. Research shows this cost is a significant barrier to college completion. The OER Degree initiative has created a library of digital, open courses available to other institutions and the public at large, as follows. Lumen Learning Achieving the Dream OER Course Catalog

  • AMH2010 - U. S. History to 1865
  • AMH2020 - U.S. History 1877 to Present
  • AMH2092 - African American History & Culture (From African Origins Through 1877)
  • AST1002 - Astronomy
  • BSC1005 - Life in Its Biological Environment
  • DEP2002 - Foundations of Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • ECO2013 - Principles of Economics
  • ENC1101 - English Composition I
  • ENC1102 - Writing About Texts
  • HUM2210 - Humanities: Prehistory to the 15th Century
  • LIS1001 - Introduction to College Research
  • LIT2000 - Introduction to Literature
  • PHI2010 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • POS2041 - American Federal Government
  • PSY1012 - Introduction to Psychology
  • REL2300 - World Religions
  • SPC2608 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • SYG2000  - Introductory Sociology

FSCJ OER content developed through Lumen Learning Acheiving the Dream is also available in Pressbooks.

FSCJ Open Educational Resources Content

Content for the following OER courses is available for FSCJ facutly in Canvas through the Center for eLearning (CeL). 

  • AMH2010 - U. S. History to 1865
  • AMH2020 - U.S. History 1877 to Present
  • AMH2092 - African American History & Culture (From African Origins Through 1877)
  • AST1002 - Astronomy
  • BSC1005 - Life in Its Biological Environment
  • BSC1005L - Biology Laboratory
  • BUL2131 - Business Law I
  • DEP2002 - Foundations of Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • DEP2004 - Human Growth & Development
  • ECO2013 - Principles of Economics
  • ENC1101 - English Composition I
  • ENC1102 - Writing About Texts
  • FIN2000 - Principles of Finance
  • GEB1011 - Introduction to Business
  • HUM2210 - Humanities: Prehistory to the 15th Century
  • LIS1001 - Introduction to College Research
  • LIT2000 - Introduction to Literature
  • MAC1105* - College Algebra
  • MAN2021 - Principles of Management
  • MAR2011 - Principles of Marketing
  • MAT1033* - Intermediate Algebra
  • MGF1106* - Topics in College Mathematics
  • MGF1107* - Mathematics for Liberal Arts II
  • PHI2010 - Introduction to Philosophy
  • POS2041 - American Federal Government
  • PSY1012 - Introduction to Psychology
  • REL2300 - World Religions
  • SPC2608 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
  • STA2023* - Elementary Statistics
  • SYG2000  - Introductory Sociology

* Uses low cost Lumen OHM (Online Homework Manager)   

Additional Information on Open Educational Resources

Extensive information on Open Educational Resources is detailed in the FSCJ OER Lib Guide. 

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